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Kishida removes Abe faction members from his cabinet

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It's the LDP version of musical chairs. Wash, rinse, repeat.

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Yes just the usual musical chairs game, and no concrete punishment for their aggregious crimes.

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The question is will there be a farewell party and who gets the kickback?

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Is it allowed to say now that the Abe regime was the most corrupt post war government in Japan?

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which have shaken the public trust in politics

I don't think so. They may never have really trusted politicians because of the loud background hum of scandal and graft for decades but when push comes to shove the public will trust them just enough to be unable to imagine any alternative to the status quo. Or the public simply freezes or avoids the whole mess. There is only "reality" in Japan; no ideals, no standards by which to measure anything that is not an engineered object.

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Just get rid of everyone.

Start clean.

Real simple.

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@mu-da Like Grandpa like son. I don't think Abe Shintaro's dad was that bad. His grandfather was odious to the extreme. If you want to be grossed out read some of the stories about Kishi Nobusuke in Manchuria.

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If the PM popularity is at an all time low, why don't the general public call for a general election right now?.

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Brian Wheway

Today 02:09 pm JST

If the PM popularity is at an all time low, why don't the general public call for a general election right now?.

I think refusing to give politicians any more donations would be more likely to get their attention.

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Investigators will start searching for evidence in lawmakers' offices from as early as next week

Let’s hope no one tips off the lawmakers about this…

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Moonraker

Today 01:48 pm JST

They may never have really trusted politicians because of the loud background hum of scandal and graft for decades but when push comes to shove the public will trust them just enough to be unable to imagine any alternative to the status quo. Or the public simply freezes or avoids the whole mess.

I think on the whole the latter is more likely. The LDP are very effective at getting out their over-represented core vote in the countryside and that is only about a third of the electorate. Not enough people of the rest can be bothered to make any difference.

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It's the LDP version of musical chairs.

Beat me to it.

But with this game, all of them get a chair.

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Big deal! They will just be reshuffled into other positions. Nothing really changes.

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Investigators will start searching for evidence in lawmakers' offices from as early as next week, according to broadcaster NTV.

What a joke. Shredders gona work at full capacity until then!

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Kishida was in the Abe faction. Will he remove himself?

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Must be a independent judicial public inquiry.

How deep in the political cesspool.

What is the full purpose of this political slush fund?

Resignations are simply a political charade to throw shade, a pretence/evasion of public scrutiny.

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""Ex-foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi""

Dear Mr. Kishida, How About Some New Blood for a change!?

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Escape goats that's all, come the next election and the statement will be "" See I drained the swamp ""

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Instructions from USA.

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Simon Foston.

Yes, I know what you mean. Whether it is to hold their nose and vote LDP, freeze or simply avoid, there is no sense of rebelling against the whole stinking edifice. That is my main point. The LDP rules by appearing to shovel money to its core voters in a gerrymandered system and stake-holders and by carefully constructing apathy regarding politics in the rest. It works well. Few can imagine anything beyond what already exists. And the propaganda machine cranks out endless soothing messages of how Japan is wonderful anyway to overcome the mass insecurities.

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Investigators will start searching for evidence in lawmakers' offices from as early as next week, according to broadcaster NTV.

Which is evidence enough that it is all just a performance.

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Kishida starts removing Abe faction members from his cabinet

Should've done this from day one. Nothing good has ever come out of that faction.

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Don't forget how much Kishida spent on Abe's stater funeral!

Way more than Queen Elizabeth's.

Outrageous.

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Mark

Escape goats that's all,

For all intensive purposes, and irregardless of how you may have supposably herd it, the pacific term your looking fore is "scapegoat".

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Aurelius

Today 06:39 pm JST

Easy to blame it one Abe since he's not here to defend himself.

It is, actually. How long do you think he was pulling all the strings in the faction for? He was already at the apex of the LDP structure twenty years ago. I'm sure it was just as dirty back then and he must have either turned a blind eye or been a total moron. I suspect the former, so he could have done something about the rot but instead he cultivated it.

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It"s on!

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@garypen

For all intensive purposes

For all intents and purposes

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The ldp have been doing this same scandal & more non-stop since 1945 & WILL continue to do so!!

That is NOT me saying i agree, it is me saying THIS is what Japan & the ldp simply DO....all the time

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AgeOfAsparagas

@garypen

"For all intensive purposes"

For all intents and purposes

It was (obviously) a joke.

So, you're point is mute. (also, a joke. Get it, now?)

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